SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: The Emmaus Disciples (Luke 24:13-35)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  After Jesus’ death two disciples headed to a village named Emmaus. It was a seven mile journey and as they walked they talked about all that had happened. Suddenly Jesus drew near to them, but they could not recognize him. He asked them what they were talking about and they told him. Then Jesus took them through all the scripture that referenced himself. It became dark and it was unsafe to be on the road, so the disciples invited Jesus in for a meal. When they broke the bread for the meal the disciples eyes were opened and they realized it was Jesus. Jesus then vanished into thin air.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever been confused about something? How did that make you feel? When we get confused do we sometimes need help to figure things out?

Read Luke 24:13-35

Questions/Apply it:

  • How many disciples were on the road to Emmaus?
  • Did the disciples know who Jesus was at first?
  • What happened when the disciples realized that it was Jesus?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We praise you for the fact that three days later he rose again to conquer death and our sins. We pray that we can realize and remember the gravity of what was accomplished on the cross and that it was your plan before the world was even created. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and came back to life to show we are forgiven.

Memory Verse: It is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 26 - Session 3

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus’ Resurrection (John 20:1-18)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: Three days after Jesus’ death Mary and other women brought spices to put on Jesus’ body. When they arrived to the tomb they saw where the stone had been rolled away and there was a shining someone siting on it. There were asked why they were looking for Jesus and that he was alive! They immediately ran to tell their friends.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever been surprised by something? Do you like being surprised? Do you think Mary, Peter, and John were surprised that Jesus was alive?

Read John 20:1-18

Questions/Apply it:

  • How many days was Jesus in the tomb?
  • What did Mary and the other women bring with them to Jesus’ tomb?
  • What happened to the stone?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We praise you for the fact that three days later he rose again to conquer death.  We pray that we can take refuge in the fact that our sins were forgiven by the work done by Jesus on the cross. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and came back to life to show we are forgiven.

Memory Verse: It is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 26 - Session 2

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus is crucified (Matthew 27:11-66)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: Jesus is delivered to Pilate. Pilate asks him questions and then brings him before the crowd. Pilate demands the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barabbus. The crowd chooses Barabbus. The crowd also decides that Jesus should be crucified. Romans soldiers take Jesus, strip him of his clothes and they mock him. Jesus is beaten, spit at, and punched. Jesus is crucified between two criminals. After hours of excruciating pain for Jesus he breathed his last breath. At that time there was a massive earthquake and the sky went black. Jesus was then buried. A large stone and guards were put there to make sure no one took Jesus’ body.  

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever been sad? Does seeing sad things make you sad? Does thinking about Jesus dying on a cross make you sad?

Read Matthew 27:11-66

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who was Jesus delivered to?
  • Who did the crowd choose to release instead of Jesus?
  • Who was Jesus crucified between?
  • What was placed in front of Jesus’ tomb?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We know that it makes us sad to think about Jesus dying. We pray that we can find joy in the crucifixion and the love it showed. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and came back to life to show we are forgiven.

Memory Verse: It is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 26 - Session 1

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus Was Arrested (Matthew 26:36-27:2)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: Jesus took his disciples to the garden of Gethsemane. He asked them to keep watch as he prayed. They could not stay awake. Jesus prayed three times. About that time Judas shows up and delivered Jesus to the chief priests. There is a struggle, someone loses an ear. Jesus then goes before the chief priests and they declared that Jesus deserved death. Peter denies Jesus three times after being asked if he was a follower of Jesus. Jesus is delivered over to Pilate. 

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever had a friend who needed help with something? Was it easy or hard helping them? Now, what if they made you mad or sad, and then they still needed help. Would it be just as easy, or would it be harder to help them?

Read Matthew 26:36-27:2

Questions/Apply it:

  • How many times did Jesus pray in the garden?
  • Who betrayed Jesus?
  • How many times did Peter deny Jesus?
  • Who was Jesus delivered to at the end of the story?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We pray that we can mirror and mimic the love that was shown to us as sinners. Thank you for your saving grace. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim him until he returns.

Memory Verse: The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free. Luke 4:18

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 25 - Session 4

This Week in SojournKids: The Last Supper (Matthew 26:26-30, John 13:1-15)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: After being anointed at Bethany and prepared for burial Jesus and his disciples celebrated Passover. Celebrating Passover was done by eating food that was made from grain (barley, oats, rye, spelt, or wheat) and water and was allowed to rise. Jesus took the bread proclaimed that it was his body and that the cup was his blood. Jesus made it clear that this was a sign of his covenant. Jesus was preparing his disciples for what he was going to do on the cross.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Do you ever forget things? What helps you remember things? How do you feel when you forget things?

Read Matthew 26:26-30, John 13:1-15

Questions/Apply it:

  • What were Jesus and his disciples celebrating?
  • What did people eat during passover?
  • What did the bread represent?
  • What did the cup represent?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We pray that we can be daily reminded that you sent your son to earth because you loved us. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim him until he returns.

Memory Verse: The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free. Luke 4:18

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 25 - Session 3